The EU Heads of Mission to Yemen have witnessed with increasing and deep concern the severe attacks on press freedom, including on the lives and rights of journalists, over the past months in Yemen.
There has been a worrying increase in the issuing of death sentences, arbitrary detention, intimidation and even assassination of journalists in Yemen. These actions constitute unacceptable attacks on the principle of press freedom. The perpetrators of the murder of Nabil Hassan Al-Quaiti must be brought to justice.
The EU Heads of Mission call on all parties to immediately release all detained journalists in Yemen, including Akram al-Walidi, Abdelkhaleq Amran, Hareth Hamid and Tawfiq al-Mansouri who have been sentenced to death. The uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 makes their release all more urgent.
We urge all actors in Yemen to respect freedom of expression, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the Yemeni constitution. A free, diverse and thriving media is essential for the people, the peace and future development in Yemen.